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5/31/14

OOTD: 21 Weeks Pregnant + Baby Gender Predictions

Firstly, this is an old dress that I don't like and never wear. It's made of those thin t-shirt fabrics that reveal what type of chaddi (underwear) you're wearing. Why did I buy it then? Well, it was on sale at this store in Kuala Lumpur called Nichii. I think 50-70% off, so we don't think twice in those situations - no, we don't. I wore it here coz it's clingy enough to show the bump properly, but it's not too tight & suffocating like my bodycon dresses.
And before people get started on the high heels, *rolls eyes*, I don't walk in them. They're just for pictures. Actually, heels that aren't too high are said to be better for your back and spine. I myself feel more comfy in kitten heels than ballet flats. Of course when your tummy gets bigger, heels may not be able to keep your body in balance. That's just common sense.
So on to baby gender talk! I'm no Ross Gellar, I would definitely want to know the gender of my baby beforehand. I had an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago, and it took all my willpower to not ask the Radiologist (You can't ask, you'd have signed a legal document beforehand). Tell me, tell me, woman! I gots to know! Ooh....look, I'll give you this lipstick!
*For Non-Indian readers: Pre-natal sex determination is illegal in India, because.....oh, you can google the details. I don't want to talk about backward people.
 Below are some of the Old Wives' Tales on how to tell if you're carrying a Boy or a Girl. Some I've heard of before, some that I dug up online:

  • "When you get morning sickness, you're having a girl. If not, a boy."

{I didn't/don't have morning sickness. Which is shocking, coz I've been prone to nausea all my life.}

  • "If you crave sour, salty, protein foods, it's a boy. If you crave sweets, fruits, juices, it's a girl."

{I'm craving both, depending on my mood. I can eat sweets as much as salty & spicy stuff. I'm loving chicken paninis, pasta, momos, pickles. I'll probably eat a Black Forest pastry later. I'm eating grapes while I write this. But I'd say more salty & spicy, like always. Btw, I think Baby CZ gets very angry when I eat bananas, coz I always feel lightheaded afterwards =D}

  • "When the dark line that runs up the center of a pregnant woman's stomach (linea nigra) ends at the belly button, the woman is having a girl. If the line goes all the way to the rib cage, she's having a boy."

{My line extends till the rib cage. It's thin till the belly button, then looks thicker & more prominent from the belly button down.}

  • "If your husband gains weight during your pregnancy, it's girl genes. If his weight is the same, it's a boy."

{Mr.CZ looks the same. Maybe a bit thinner.}

  • "If your belly looks like a basketball then you have a boy in your belly. But if it’s more of a watermelon shape, then prepare for a girl."

{This I don't know. Can you tell? Tummy does feel wider}

  • "If you're carrying high, it's a girl. If low, then it's a boy."

{Is that high or low? I don't know.}

  • If you're blooming, it's a boy. If you're not looking your best, it a girl, coz girls steal their mother's looks."

{Uhm, I really don't know! Sometimes I feel so glowy that I don't wear too much makeup. But sometimes I feel I look weirdly masculine...haha!}


  • Now the ring test: Where you hang your wedding ring on a string and hold  it over your belly. If the ring dances around, it's a girl. If the ring hardly moves or stays still, it's a boy.

{I have not done this yet.}


Chinese Gender Prediction on Babycenter.com:

Add Due Date + Mother's Birthday = I got Girl
Add Conception Date + Mother's Birthday = I got Boy.


Chinese Gender Chart on the thebump.com:

Age at conception + Month of conception = I got Boy.


Nichii dress | Shoes from Stelatoes, Lajpat Nagar Market, New Delhi


I know you're not all pregnant, but I hope you still enjoyed reading this. Someday you might want to check out this post for yourselves! ;)

Have a fun weekend everyone. If you all know of any more gender signs & old wives' tales, please share with us! 

I'll be replying to all comments because I want to hear everything! Please ask your mom & grandma if they know of any different & unusual tell-tale signs  =D




84 comments:

  1. I have a son, .I had severe morning sickness during the first trimester,which subsided after .... I carried low and all my weight was concentrated on the abdomen.... People seeing my back, couldn't make out if I was carrying... I loved sweets and still crave them...loved sugar syrups... I became ugly, and dark... Also, another sign is the USG scan fetal heart rate...if less than 150 its boy and if higher than its a girl.... Mine used to in between 130 to 140...

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    1. Oh, first time I'm hearing about this! I just checked my scan results. At 13 weeks, it was 157 bpm. At 19 weeks, it was 142 bpm. So don't know which one to refer to :D

      "I became ugly and dark" hahaha....I think you're exaggerating! :D

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    2. lol...... there is no sure way actually,,., it all differs,... from people to people.... :) and by ugly and dark I mean, it was during the third trimester...it appeared as though I have dirt accumulated on my skin.. :P might be hormonal changes...and after childbirth, it gradually faded away.. The heart beat actually comes down with each scan ...in first trimester it was 152 for me and by last it was 139, the scan done just before delivery... all the best :)

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  2. CZ, first of all, you and baby CZ look ridiculously adorable! Secondly, I jist saw the first picture and screamed (in my head) it's a boy! God knows how or why, but I have this feeling.. also, till date, I've been 100% correct about this boy/ girl prediction! So if it's a boy, hi5! If she's a girl.. I'll hunt this post down and delete this comment! :p all the very best and many congratulations! Much love

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    1. Really?! If it is, then you have to think about making a career out of it haha. "Baby Gender Predictor" :D Thanks!

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  3. i wore heels till 20 weeks..that too wedges..after that kitten heels ..i too cant wear ballerinas for long..except to the grocery store..that dress is super cute..bump and you looks precious..it took me all my willpower to not ask about sex of my baby too..baaah i did..he said..look for yourself..well..i couldnt really make out anything..he just smiled..baah..:P :P..well i now i have a son who is 20 months..and a turbo jet..:P i had severe nausea..and mango cravings :P

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    1. Congrats Ina! :) So far, the nausea thing seems to be untrue. Maybe I should have gone ahead and asked my doc too! Maybe next time :D

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  4. I read all of the myth and what not. Hahaha In my country, it's vise versa about the blooming thing. If you're really pretty and all, it's definitely a girl! Also, if your belly is showing really sharp and prominent (side view) it's a boy. :D
    Why is it illegal? O__O *googles reason*
    Wishing you all the best and take good care of yourself. :)

    littellebratontheloose.blogspotcom

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    1. Actually, even in my hometown the blooming thing is the opposite, I forgot to mention! :D
      Thank you, Lovely.

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  5. Hullo there ! I`m one of those silent readers of your blog who enjoy reading your posts but didn`t ever comment coz I dindn`t feel I had anything worthwhile to add onto the discussion :(. I`m pregnant as well and in my 26th week so I`ve been extra-loving these baby posts of yours :). I live in the UK at present (could relate to all your earlier UK posts as well ! ) and the sonographer told us the gender though we weren`t particularly keen on knowing it - it is considered pretty normal to know and plan your nursery accordingly here. And now when I look back I showed most symptoms of the opposite gender :D ! But these guessing games are kinda cute I have to admit, and in a way its nice not to know as well. I feel I`ve been robbed off the surprise element of my delivery :) Oh and you look lovelyy .. girl or boy it sure is making your highlighter needs redundant :)

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    1. Hi Saanjh, congrats to you! :) Nice to know other expecting ladies are reading my posts. I think it's nice to know, so you can plan everything beforehand. Yup, guessing is also fun, but I'm such a curious cat & very impatient :D Thank you so much! :)

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  6. Congratulations CZ, It is wonderful knowing that you are pregnant. God bless you. You are in the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy, do take care of yourself. Let the gender of the baby be a surprise. We doctors see double the happiness on parents' faces when it is a surprise :) All the best :)

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    1. Thanks Ashu! Can't wait to finally know the surprise :D

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  7. You look gorgeous and stunning and definitely glowing! I have two boys and during both everyone around me was so sure that it was a boy. I had all the following "signs" that denote a baby boy:

    * my tummy was high. Like really high. My bump started from the base of my bra strap.
    * the bump was straight forward! not wide. I guess you could say it was like a basket ball.
    * I put on weight mostly on the bump and not on the hips etc. of course, later on, because of the pelvic bone widening, the hips did widen a bit, but if you saw me from behind, even in my eighth month, you wouldn't be able to make out I was preg.
    * the linea nigra ended at the belly button.
    * The belly button protruded from the 6th month onwards..ie, you could see the outline through the fabric of the clothes. A sign that it's a boy, ppl say.
    * My gait didn't change. Ppl say if you start waddling, it's a girl. I didn't.

    I had no cravings during either pregnancy so can't comment on that. However, all the Chinese gender charts I consulted told me it would be a girl...both times. And they were wrong...both times. Oh, and it was glowing too. Though during the second one I had a toddler to look after, unwell inlaws, no maid and lack of sleep. And yet, I had a fab glow :)

    Have a wonderful and healthy pregnancy. You are stunning and you're gonna be hot yummy mummy :D

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    1. Wow thanks so much for sharing it in detail Dollie! :) <3

      - I don't think my bump is that wide either, coz my hips are pretty much the same.
      - Belly button is still deep right now.
      - I guess waddle a bit esp when I'm wearing flat shoes, coz Mr.CZ calls me a duck :D
      - In your case, the glowing part proved to be right! :)

      So I can't trust Chinese charts either now! And people kept saying they are quite accurate =\

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  8. One of the most sexy 'mommy-to-be' i have seen so far....muaaaah....loads of blessings to 'about-to-come' angel :)

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    1. Awww thank you loads Rose! :*) :)

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  9. My daughter just broke all these predictions coz every single thing said I am going to have a boy except the chinese calender!

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    1. Haha! Oww now what do I believe??! :P Btw, which Chinese Calendar?? Babycenter or the bump?

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  10. Hi..I'm 26 weeks pregnant and I know I'm carrying a girl. I'm mostly craving cold drinks and sweet stuff. No salty stuff. My bump is quite low I think and extends forward. My line ends at the belly button i think. Hahah does that help?

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    1. Congrats Amy! :) Yes yes that really helps! Proves the sweet cravings is true, and the low bump could either be a girl or boy :D

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  11. You look hot yummy mummy. Can never get enough of you. As for old wives tales I don't know nothing. Btw you can just match up on your delivery date which of the above things come out true. Goodluck........

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    1. Thank you loads Beepsa! Yup, I'll have to wait till then :)

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  12. Its a very beautiful baby bump pic. I do not know about much about pregnancy as I am not married yet. But I can definitely tell you that my mother says I was a bundle of surprise. I always made my mum to carve for tomato sauce and tomatoes all the time and I love to eat tomatoes in real life too a lot.I was really tall and was build like a boy when I was born. And I was born a week later due date as my mother did not had labor pain and doctors had to induce it as I grew really big within her. I have heard all this from my mum and relatives.

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    1. Hehe...I can imagine how uncomfortable she must have felt, since you grew so tall inside her :)

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  13. Omg, you look stunning! That dress and those heels are beautiful and your baby bump is just darling, hope the pregnancy is smooth sailing and I know you'll be happy which ever gender child you have!

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    1. Thanks so much Sharlynn! <3

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  14. you look so adorable!!! loved reading the post!! boy or girl, wish you have a healthy baby! :) take care

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  15. You are sizzling Cynthia. ☆★☆★☆ I wish a baby girl for u sothat she inherits your beauty, your cham your aesthetic sense, your huge collection of beauty products and treasure it. But again some thing tells me you will have a boy who will spoil your stuff , drop your products, break your lipsticks, Drive u nut with his naughtiness :D :D ATB hot mumma. ♡♥sonia s.

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    1. my goodness, such a cute comment.. i almost imagined a tiny little naughty boy destroying all that makeup stuff.. ;)

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    2. OH NOOOOO!!! I will teach him well :D

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  16. Hi CZ Di ..i knw u kight be feeling a little awkward why the hell i am commenting ..like im a kid :P but i think ive seen most ppl in my families and my mother told me that when my elder brother was born she used to crave Non Vegeterian food very badly ..the smell of non veg would make her go mad ..and when i was about to born she craved lots of rice dishes like curd rice , rajma rice , curry rice , chickpea rice ..well i haven't got any looks from either of my parents ..but im nt at all similiar to my mom...u look really awesom even like this ..i havent seen any pregnant lady that much dressed up ..the one's ive seen look like 80 year old grandma types...lol :P Well i dont know if what u crave these days will follow with Baby CZ because im not too fond of rice ...Btw do tell me are u hoarding on non veg food or rice ;)) Love Shrutika

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    1. Why not! If you have something to say, you should always comment :D I eat more rice coz it's been a staple in my house since I was young and even before I got pregnant. Non-veg not so much, but I have to eat more of it these days. Oh, sometimes even I look like grandma types hahaha :D

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  17. Hi Cynthia. I read this post and had a discussion with my mom and both of us had an awesome discussion about how different she felt when she was pregnant with my brother and me. So she said if you put on weight all over your body it's a girl, if you put on only tummy weight mostly it's a boy.

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    1. Yup my mom told me this once too that she looked like a sumo when she had me ...:P

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    2. Yup, my mom in law told me the same thing when she saw me reading this post :P. She says it's a boy for you :)
      There was also a subtle hint for me in it, which I chose to ignore :) hehe..

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    3. Hi Megha, thanks for the info! Heard that quite a lot now, so it must be true for many women :)

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    4. Anon: Hahaha :D

      Anon2: Let's see if she's right! :) Good you ignored the subtle hint ;) I'm guessing what it is :D

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  18. Dear Cynthia..
    Firstly, Congratulations !!
    Secondly, I can understand how curious you are regarding the sex of the baby..but no one,by any tell-tale method can know it. I have a son and a daughter and had nearly same symptoms in both. Its only how your body takes pregnancy. One thing that can tell upto some extent is your looks. If you are carrying a girl, oestrogen levels in your body are high which will.make you look even more beautiful. If its a boy, the testosterone only makes you towards ugly (sorry!). But this too is not a deciding factor and differs from person to person...some look pretty even with high testosterone and vice versa. So please stop worrying...enjoy these best days of your life (trust me!) and buy whites and yellows and reds for the baby!

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    1. Hi Neha, thanks! Hehe...sometimes I feel I look masculine, so it must be the testosterone then :D
      I know, I'm trying to make the most of my last few months of complete freedom :)

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  19. I was in the same boat last year when I iwas expecting my first baby. Here in Pakistan, you can ask gender but mostly they would not tell if its a girl and if its a boy they will tell you. I guess you are blessed with a boy .have a safe delivery and a healthy baby ,lots of love ...!!

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    1. I've heard that happens in India too, some do tell when it's a boy. Thanks! :)

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  20. Hey gorgeous
    Congrats first and you look so hot being pregnant
    They say u become ugly if u having a boy which I did and I had a boy
    Here in australia they say if the line on ur stomach is almost black in colour u r having a boy lol
    I don't believe in any of these but turned out true for me
    I love reading all ur post u r such a pretty women
    Xx

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    1. Hey Varinder, thank you! I did come across an article that said that about the line. Mine is not so dark. I guess I'll have to wait and see! Actually, I've seen some women glow during pregnancy and they boys :D

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  21. Hey you and baby CZ look so adorable! :) God bless! and i just love the look!

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  22. i had morning sickness till the date of my delivery, i craved everything spicy, was hungry most of the time, had pretty big bump (everything like dollie said) and gradually i lost the color and glow too (they say boys take up alot which in my case came to be true)
    all things aside you look gorgeous.. have safe delivery <3

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    1. Oww that must have been difficult Sangita, to have morning sickness till delivery! :O No wonder you felt hungry most of the time :D

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  23. Hey Cynthia!u look gorgeous! I have a girl and a boy both!when I was carrying my daughter I craved ras malai often and during my son's time it was bhelpuri!!;) .....so maybe it's a bit true.but I dint have any sort of nausea during both times. Also my tummy was big like a football both times. Similar I would say.without me looking big from behind ..u know what I mean!but yes my navel has protruded out after my son's birth.it was in perfect condition after my daughter!! I will never forgive him for that!!lol!.......and rest is fine.take care and enjoy this precious time!

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    1. Hey Anupam, it's interesting to hear you craved different things with each :) I guess right now I'm more likely to have bhelpuri :D Gosh, I hope my navel doesn't protrude and will go back to how it was...haha :D

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  24. You look beautiful dear, best of luck for everything :)

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  25. I am 28 weeks and showing just as much as ur showing now....and even i am confused about the gender...coz cravings are both sweet n salty n glowy n ugly n what not....neways enjoy ur pregnancy, stay safe n do exercise...

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    1. Oh, that's great Richa, nice to know someone else is going through the same :) Good luck to you too!

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  26. woowww... u look amazing.. baby bump + that dress = hello hotness :*

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  27. In Reunion Island, they say if your belly looks "pointed", you'll get a boy. If it's more round, you'll get a girl XD
    As I can see in your pic, your belly looks "pointed" lol but maybe it's the effect of your dress :x
    You look so adorable :D and congratulations ^^ enjoy your pregnancy and be careful !

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    1. Thanks Helena! Actually it's rounder now, more like a basketball, I'd say :D

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  28. Can't comment much here, as I have no idea about pregnancy. Take care and pray for a safe and sound delivery. You look fab in in pregnancy.

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  29. LOL!!! I don't believe in such gender tales but it's amusing to read & yes, even I got many chaddi showing dresses during sale & never wore them! We don't really think during those times; true!

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    1. Hahaha...they're the worst aren't they :D

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  30. I think its a boy from what all I read and see you ;)

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    1. Hehe....we'll just wait and see if you're right Bhumi :)

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  31. This is my favourite OOTD of yours till date! Hands down. You look absolutely adorable.
    All these sign point towards a boy but you can't really be sure :) hmm I'd heard one. If your back becomes arched, it's a girl, if not, a boy.
    The curiosity is too damn high! :D

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    1. You think so? Thanks! :)
      My back isn't arched, I think. In fact, I feel I'm stooping less than before. But ya, can't trust any signs haha :D

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    2. Oops there's been a li'l miscommunication. Arched as in your back becomes concave :)

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  32. Its boy if you have a lot of morning sickness..and a girl if not or relatively less and your bump says its a girl .the bump is pointing down with a lil curv ;)

    Anyways ,, wel see :D

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    1. Let's see Deep. I keep hearing different things regarding morning sickness :D

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  33. Also, I have got friends who have chinese prediction exactly opposite as what they got after delivery ;)..I myself got a chinese prediction as boy and delivery a very cute little angel baby girl ..Now Im pretty much sure its a Jr Cynthia inisde :D :D..She is eager to explore all the cute bows :)))

    Wishing youuu a veryyy happy trimester !!!!

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    1. Hehe....if it's a girl then she will love bows for sure :D Thanks & Congrats to you!

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  34. Congrats Cynthia! You look beautiful! Love your blog
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  35. Hi Cynthia!! I just had a baby 4 months ago and remember reading in "What to expect...." that if your baby's heartbeat is upwards of 140 bpm then its a girl. All through my pregnancy it was over 150 and guess what its a girl!! So try this out:) Also in my case the chinese calendar was right.

    btw my instincts say that its a girl for you cause you're glowing!!!

    Much love...

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    1. Congrats to you! :) I have that book, and will have a look now! I actually asked my doc about the heart rate thing and she said it varies :D

      Let's see if your instinct is right :)

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  36. Cynthia.. I am so happy for u...:) U look lovely.. U r really lucky that you didn't gain weight otherwise. In fact your face is also the same as before. The minute I saw yr picture, I wanted to comment that you should stop wearing such high heels, but when i read through, I was like...Thank God I didn't comment that.. Good that u r using them only for pictures...

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    1. Thanks Harine! :) Can't even think about walking in heels, really :D

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  37. Hi Cynthia never used to be very regular on comments but otherwise regular on your posts!!
    I am mother to 4 year old baby boy!!!

    I had a small low bump . weight gain was very poor and altogether gained about 11 kg and lost all within first 2 months after delivery :-) one thing I noticed is myself and my sister both of us have baby boys and our back of the neck turned too black and we both looked ugly as somebody said :-) no glow on face. I never had any cravings and no morning sickness. used to do all household work without a maid never used to feel tired also. was very very active during my preggy days. even nurse at labour room could nt believe that I was full pregnant at the time of delivery. bump was too small eventhough my baby boy was 50 cms tall. compared to all new born he was a tall boy and still is . heart beat as I dont remember cannot comment on it.

    I have a feeling that you are going to have a baby girl since u look chic and smart..You are a hot mom for sure , not even Ash looked this much hotter dear.. U r a yummy mummy for sure ..Love you girl !!
    May god bless you and little one. stay happy and healthy. believe me this is the only time you can take rest.

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    1. Hi Mitha, I've heard about boy making you active before, and it must be true for most & you. I'd say I'm quite active, but I do feel sleepy in the afternoon/evening. Wow your bump was that small?? :D Actually I knew someone who successfully hid her pregnancy till the day she gave birth, and she did have a boy too! Thanks so much for the kind words. May God bless you and your boy too! <333

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  38. First of all...Congrats, CZ!!!!! You look gorgeous!!!!! :) :)

    I had my baby six months ago... I had no morning sickness, tummy was more like a basketball, noone could make out from the back that i was pregnant, my skintone went two tones down!! Baby's heart rate qas towards the lower side...
    Each and everyone who met me predicted that it would be a boy!! And boy it is!!!! :)

    Oh btw...happy father's day to the daddy-to-be!!! :)

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  39. Oh BTW...for you, both me and my mom feel that it's gonna be a boy!! Let's wait and see....Uff!! can't wait to know!!

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    1. Thanks Divya & Congrats to you! :) Sounds like all your symptoms pointed towards a boy as well!
      Let's see if you and your mom guessed right, I know right, can't take the waiting! :D

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Thank you for reading! :)

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